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Aloha East-West Center Friends and Supporters,


Hau‘oli Makahiki Hou! Best wishes for a 2022 filled with good health, prosperity and happiness!

I am honored and proud to join the incredible East-West Center team ‘ohana, a group of experienced professionals, united by core purpose and common heart to serve our community and humanity.

Our mission inspires me as it centers on building bridges and understanding across regions, cultures and issues to preserve peace and foster prosperity. I am brimming with hope and enthusiasm as we advance our mission and blaze a new path together. 

As a daughter of Hawaiʻi and the Indo-Pacific region, I truly understand the unique and special place Hawaiʻi occupies in the world. Here in Hawaiʻi, East-West Center unites diverse people with unique ideas and perspectives; in education and training; in innovation and research.  

Working closely with many stakeholders, including friends and supporters like you, my paramount priority is reexamining and reimagining of our Center’s vision and mission. Over the next six months, we will develop a collaborative strategic plan that reflects this process. 

Mahalo nui loa for your continued support, passion and commitment to the Center. 


Very Respectfully,

Suzanne Puanani Vares-Lum



Jaswinder (Jay) Brara and his brother, Arvinder (Ari) were East-West Center grantees during the 1970s. Jay and Ari and their families established the Brara Brothers Fellowships to provide awards to Degree Fellows from India and the United States.

"We spent three memorable years at the East-West Center (1977-1980) that changed and enriched our lives in countless ways. By including the East-West Center in our estate, we feel the funds would be well utilized in giving an opportunity to deserving candidates and help in promoting international understanding and culture." 
---Jaswinder and Geeta Brara

A gift from your estate can be designated to student scholarships or a program at the East-West Center. The East-West Legacy Society recognizes alumni and friends who support the mission of the East-West Center in their estate plans.

Whatever its size, your gift to the Center will make a difference. See Giving Opportunities.


students in a group
Asia Pacific Leadership Fellows learn to lead in an era of rapid cultural, economic, social, and technological change.
Students explore Asian art
Public performances and school visits reach thousands every year.

Generous gifts from the Hawai'i Pacific Rim Society have long supported innovative leadership and arts programming.

Gifts from the Society have enabled 238 students from 36 countries to particpate in the Asia Pacific Leadership Program.

250,000 Hawai'i students and community members have been exposed to Asia Pacific art forms. 

A new 2.3 million dollar gift from the Society ensures that these important experiences will be available for many more years.